|John R. Liming
Editor – Owner – Author
“The Liming Liberal Progressive” Blog
WILL IT BECOME A MUSEUM PIECE?
Beef prices are already pretty high according to my way of thinking and now, news sources are telling me that it is more than likely to surge upward once again.
I suppose that this is to be expected. Inflation tends to run rampant when certain right wing principles get into the way of Government, right?
I mean, after all, “The Free Market” can charge whatever the market will bear, can’t it?
I remember when there was some common sense in the Retail Sector of American Enterprise.
I remember when ground beef sold at three pounds for a dollar. Now, I guess, in some places, it is more than three dollars a pound! How about $3.87? Is that just normal progression or is that something else? (I guess nothing ever remains the same. I have to be fair, after all.) I am sure there is no fortune to be made in the manipulation of food prices, right?
“The Beef Producers,” are reported to be claiming that it is all a matter of “Production Costs.” A “Jump” in over all consumer prices is supposed to be the culprit driving some foods out of the reach of the ordinary citizen.
In my opinion, there is”Inflation in everything needed to run a business” because there is little or no Government intervention or oversight in this area. I don’t think that so-called “Beef Producers” are at fault at all! I think it is the politicians who mess with government market regulation and “Budget Deficits” that cause all this inflation stuff. But that is just me!
When things got really out of hand a few years back, we at least had the Office Of Price Control Administration (OPA) and Mr. and Mrs. ordinary American (The ones who actually work for a living in the fields and factories and the Mom and Pop stores) could actually afford to feed their families.
But that was before the advent of Market Place Salvation preached by the Trickle Downers and the Free Globalized marketeers…the extreme right wing saviors of our Economy…and, perhaps, the world, itself!
Some are blaming the soaring beef prices on the surging prices of corn and soy beans. (Usually used in food for beef cattle.) You see? This is not the fault of “The Beef Producers” at all as some might believe. (Whoever these “Beef Producers” might be, that is.)One certainly cannot fairly include everyone who makes a living at producing beef in a definition of any pricing problem, now can one? I can’t and I won’t!
John Liming says, “If we would get out of the business of making ethanol out of our corn supply, there wouldn’t be the depth of the problem–maybe no problem at all.”
But, then, what do I know?
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME, FOLKS!
I remember a few years ago when I lived in Michigan and worked at one of those automobile assembly jobs (You remember them, don’t you? The jobs with the living wage and the benefits and the Union for protection? The ones that some of the right wing enthusiasts allowed to be shipped to foreign countries for the sake of Free Global Competitive markets?)
Well, anyway, when I was living there, the price of meat and coffee went through the roof for some reason. It was the same old song and dance back then too…productivity and inflation and all that smoke screen crap.
Well, I got to the point where I would go into the supermarket and stand by the meat case, just looking and remembering what the stuff tasted like. I sure as heck (Politically correct word for the bad place) wasn’t about to fork over a kings’ ransom for hamburger!
I used to tell store personnel that I was just visiting their “Meat Museum.” My idea was to let the overpriced merchandise rot on the store shelves.
That was my personal formula for getting the attention of our food producers, distributors and retail sellers. Let it rot on the shelves! It may not have been pretty, but a lot of people apparently started to think that way and it eventually seemed to have gotten the message across because those prices started to inch downward once more into more consumer-friendly turf.
I wasn’t alone in my anguish, apparently. It wasn’t long before many of the American Meat Producers couldn’t give the stuff away and the supermarket chains started importing some of the better grades from places like Argentina. We bought that because we could afford it. They complained that we were UnAmerican, but we bought it and our families had meat on the table again.
We soon discovered that we adored chicken too. We got some protein from peanut butter. We got some protein from soy bean products. Hey! When the American People are backed up against a wall, they are resourceful!
Remember, folks, it is all political! It is always always political. My Opinion, of course.)
What substitutions will you make in your diet if the price of beef goes too high? Do you use any beef now? How much? What kinds and cuts? Do you buy in bulk and do your own slicing and portioning?
Send us your comments and tell us how you are coping and how you plan to cope with the ever-rising prices of everything in this more or less right wing-dominated Economy.
And, if you want more of the story, hook up with CNN Money.com and other places on the Internet. Just enter “Rising Beef Prices” into the search window and browse to your heart’s content. By the way, neither myself nor this blog is affiliated with any other Internet source whatsoever. I mention these things strictly as a service to my readers.